Rising Up

Oscar - Santee, California
Entered on December 18, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: family, work
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“The only way to make it to the top is to start at the bottom”. I believe this quote is completely true my grandma is a living proof of this quote. When my grandma told me how she was a person with just average intelligence I was completely shocked. This woman had accomplished so much, she is a successful teacher, and many people look to her for wisdom. She is also loved and respected by many people. She is one of the smartest people I know and the thought of her just being considered an average person would have never came up if she didn’t tell me. Curiosity was burning through me I honestly wondered how someone just like me could be such a successful person. I asked her how did she get this success she responded by saying that she didn’t get success she earned it. She explained to me how she worked two jobs to make it through college and she woke up very early in the morning and go to work, she usually got home very late she did this routine all throughout college. I was just amazed on how much she had to do in order to get through college. My grandma has been a teacher for twenty-six years and she loves what she does. I was just awed at what my grandma had she is such a happy person. She is the kind of person when she smiles at you all you want do is smile right back. Since I can remember my grandma’s old students would always visit her and tell her thank you for believing in me and helping me grow not only as a student but as an overall person. Whenever I tell people who my grandma is and they know her the first things that usually come out of their mouth is how wonderful of a teacher and a person she is. I know my grandma has done so many things for people without letting them repay her. I know her incessant giving from a personal side. She took me in when my mother wanted me to move out of the her house. She has not only been a second mother to me but a friend, counselor, teacher and most of all my grandma. In my eyes she is one of the most successful people in the whole world because she found something that a lot of people don’t have… happiness.